The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) goes beyond firefighting, maximizing its manpower and capability as firefighters respond to perilous situations and emergencies at the height of typhoon “Glenda”.
The whole organization was placed on heightened alert before typhoon “Glenda” finally made its landfall in the Bicol Region on the night of July 15.
BFP Officer-in-Charge CSUPT CARLITO S ROMERO issued a Memorandum directing all regional offices and all operating units to implement OPLAN PAGHAHANDANDA LABAN SA SAKUNA (PAGHALASA) in preparation for the possible massive devastation of the typhoon in the country. All officers and key personnel of the agency were on-call anytime in case of emergencies.
BFP operating units especially from regions primarily affected by the typhoon activated their contingency plan and coordinated with the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), thru their provincial, city and municipal offices, and other concerned government and non-government agencies to strengthen the delivery of fire safety, emergency medical services, rescue and other related operations.
All fire stations and offices maintained vigilance to ensure prompt delivery of rescue and emergency services and relief operations especially to the affected areas by the typhoon. All equipment and auxiliary units were prepared and visible to meet the efficiency of all operations.
BFP personnel have assisted the local government units and the barangay officials during the pre-emptive evacuations of the residents particularly residing in mountainous and coastal areas.
In Bicol Region, BFP R5 Special Rescue Unit assisted in the retrieval operation of the body of a female victim in Ragay, Camarines Sur. When Glenda stopped pummeling Legazpi City, a hostage taking scenario took place in Barangay San Roque where said SRU personnel assisted the authorities by controlling the crowd.
In Region 8, firefighters conducted forced evacuation of residents in Calbayog City, Biliran, Western, Eastern and Northern Samar and Northern Leyte. At least 300 families were evacuated by the BFP R8 personnel. They have also provided first aid and medicines for the evacuees in the designated evacuation centers in the area.
During and after the typhoon, BFP personnel were constantly monitoring the situation in their respective areas. In Region 8, at least one casualty and two missing persons were reported.
As of this moment, different fire stations are continuously conducting clearing operation and water rationing in affected areas.